Emese Stork
citizenship designer

She has a macro and strategic approach, unquenchable curiosity and a desire to understand how societies, cultures and economic systems interact and influence each other.

Emese graduated in 2021 from Interior Design at The Glasgow School of Art. She continues her studies in 2021/2022 on MDes Design Innovation and Citizenship.


· Carism

· Permaculture Course


· Museum of Ritual Life
· Berghaus Shop
· BitBot Engagement AI
· Vendoors Hostel
· Ludo


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2021, diploma project
museum // sustainability // ritual therapy // flow experience 

Museum of Ritual Life

This was my final year diploma project. 

Western rituals have been colonised by consumer culture, and the decolonisation could be an essential step toward the needed attitude change for a sustainability shift. But instead of affecting the conscience, again and again, the project gives a practical example of how a sustainability shift without overused sustainability commonplaces could mean the next level in increasing the overall happiness, satisfaction and mental health by drawing the attention of people on their psychological needs and emotional aspects of their rites.
  Because in consumerism, people’s primary strategy for meeting psychological needs is still consumption. But satisfying these needs with the same strategy we satisfied the basic needs in the first world is ineffective. So, a more sustainable approach on rituals would mean development in the general human well-being.

Therefore, the museum has a strong psychological approach to ritual rather than an anthropological one. It intends to guide people on the journey where they can build awareness of their emotional needs.

Rituals are reinforced and deep-rooted. Traditions as the connection with the past are determining rituals. Therefore, it is not easy to form them as part of the common culture, while in an individual’s life, rituals are much more flexible, more resilient and works like a tangible tool to look at ourselves. As a therapeutic tool, it can help us design our own lives and process our traumas. This is the power and importance of rituals. If we learned to observe our rituals, we could be more aware of our lives. And awareness is a skill. If we develop it against something, it affects other aspects of our lives. If we are more aware in rituals, we can use this skill to understand our relationships, decisions, social role, and politics. We can learn to see whether and how a political and economic system serves and does not serve our happiness. If I can learn anything from my dissertation about the impact of the consumer revolution on wedding rituals, then the point is that economic changes are intertwined with cultural changes.
 And the reason why the consumer revolution has been so successful is that, in addition to being ideologically convinced of the beneficial effects of consumption on society, people have quickly and simply experienced its benefits in their personal lives. Inevitably more of their basic needs were satisfied than ever in the past. The sustainability transition can only become mainstream if people can feel in their bones that the change will lead to real quality improvement in their lives.

And if in the upcoming decades, humanity would be forced to produce fewer consumer goods anyway, because it either chooses so by its own will or because the ecological and social framework of human life does not allow it anymore, then a society, where consumption is still the primary source of joy, is doomed to dissatisfaction and unhappiness. So, cultural change is an inevitable coping strategy. The question is whether we take the step voluntarily
or by force.

To see the document about the example exhibition click here.

How many of us were bored in a museum at least once in their lifetime?  There is a problem with museums if these are not related to our lives. The museum is not an archive whose role is collecting and preserving the heritage. The museum should communicate as well this heritage, establish a clear connection between the past and the present, the society and individuals, and let people benefit from it. Just as in formal education, it is not enough to give knowledge, but make the experience of knowing things.

As Mihály Csikszentmihályi said, it’s a never-ending process of experimenting new and deeper levels of understanding:
“If you are interested in something you will focus on it, and if you focus attention on anything, it is likely that you will become interested in it.”

The facilities within the museum have been selected to support flow experience to encourage revisits both online and offline. The museum’s theme is approached from various aspects that require multiple engagement levels to increase the chance that every visitor finds something for themselves while the facilities overall create a comprehensive experience.

To read more about the theoretical aspects click here.

To check the original site click here, but for the details of the design click here.